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Grave Peril Paperback – May 1, 2011
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- Publisher : Orbit (May 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0356500292
- ISBN-13 : 978-0356500294
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.59 x 1.02 x 7.83 inches
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- #8,759 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books)
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Grave Peril, Jim Butcher's third novel of The Dresden Files, takes place roughly one year after Fool Moon, the second book in the series. In this story, Harry finds himself battling the vampiress Bianca, and also the ghost of a demon simply referred to as "The Nightmare". We are introduced to a few new characters, one of them being Michael, a Templar Knight who wields a sword named Amoracchius, to assist Harry in waging war against the evil-doers of the Nevernever. Harry also finds an unexpected ally in Thomas, a vampire of the White Court.
This story also explores the relationship Harry has with Susan, a reporter for a magazine centered around the supernatural called The Arcane. It's a nice addition to the evolution and maturation of the characters, and plays well with the intertwining of other plot lines that add to the complexity and likeability of Harry's well-rounded personality.
All-in-all, after finishing this third installment, I can say that the author has proven himself to me, and I'm hooked. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a rambunctious page-turner that can be devoured at will, leaving the reader pleasantly satisfied in the end.
Though a bit formulaic and episodic in format, the misadventures of the wizard Harry Dresden have always made for fun-filled reads.
Here's the blurb:
Harry Dresden's faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.
But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble -- and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone -- or something -- is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc.
But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself...
As was the case with its predecessors, Storm Front and Fool Moon, Grave Peril features the first-person narrative of the sympathetic, if frequently inept, sole wizard in Chicago. Although he may not always be the sharpest tool in the shed, I find it hard not like and root for Harry Dresden. Like James Bond, you know he'll pull through in the end. Hence, it's in the execution that you truly get to enjoy Jim Butcher's stories. And the witty tone of the narrative adds an extra layer to the overall reading experience.
The supporting cast is again comprised of Bianca St. Claire, Karrin Murphy, Susan Rodriguez, Bob the Skull, and the cat Mister. But new characters play an important role in this book, chief among them Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, Leanansidhe, Dresden's faerie Godmother, Thomas Raith, a White Court vampire, as well as Mavra, a Black Court vampire.
The addition of new characters provides yet more hints that this series echoes with more depth than meets the eye. The introduction of new concepts such as the various vampire Courts, the faeries, and the Knights of the Cross is yet more evidence in that regard. Hopefully, there will be more developments regarding these concepts in the next volume. For, as fun and entertaining as these novels are, I'm afraid that they will lose their appeal if they remain too formulaic and episodic in style and scope.
Once again a fast-paced urban fantasy plot, Grave Peril has more surprising twists and turns than the more linear first two volumes. Especially the fate of one of the main protagonists at the end, which sort of shocked me, for I never saw it coming. I'm glad to discover that it won't always be a case of all's well that ends well. . .
If you are looking for quality urban fantasy books featuring a flawed and endearing wizard trying to do the right thing, then I strongly urge you to pick up The Dresden Files books.
This book gives more insight than the first book, Storm Front, about the vampires, their courts, and their differences. The friend Michael in the book is also part of an ancient organization that fights true evil in the world that I will let you read about as you read Grave Peril. This book contains action, gore, suspense, mystery, and, of course, magic. I have read this book, and the others in the series, many times and the lore concerning vampires are my favorites as it mixes many of the different vampire legends and separates them into three unique and distinct courts (that the author goes into at length). I highly recommend this series to any and all who love amazing books, because these books are just that. I did not receive this book at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I just enjoy reading fantasy for fun. I hope that you found my review to be helpful, if so please click yes. Thank you
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It's a bit like... well, imagine JK Rowling hadn't hinted at the connection between Voldemort and Harry until the scene in the forbidden forest when Voldemort used the killing curse on Harry but it didn't work... and then just rolled the whole explanation out at that moment to explain Harry's survival...
It doesn't make it a bad book, just frustrating that it could be so much better with a bit more work and forethought.
This story has everything that I look for in a great read; some really great characters, a good balance between the various aspects - mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective and paranormal - and blends them with well written dry humour ensuring that it doesn't got too heavy: Butcher even managed to include a sprinkling of romance. This story surprised me a few times, left me breathless on the edge of my seat but I loved trying to second guess where he would take us next!
I added the narration too and I alternated between reading and listening to the tale. I feel that the narration by James Marston helped to bring our hero, Harry Dresden to life. His obvious acting skills added a further dimension to the various scenes and I liked his tonal variations when reading the dialogue.
So the lesson is ....read them in order !!!
There are lots of summaries of the plot already posted so no need to go there.
This one is certainly a drop after the first two,the humour is there and the magic is there but there is a lack of oomph somehow. There is a feeling of narrowness in the storyline. That is once you realise that you haven't actually missed a book out....because it gets just a bit confusing. On the bright side Michael is great and carries the story for me, I was more interested in him than Harry (not sure that's a good thing though) and the Vampires were fascinating. (Love a good world build for a vampire ..have to say his world building for the 'bad guys' is excellent,)
So,all in all it's ok. Not as good as the others and roll on the next book.
Once I got past the feeling of having missed out though the pace seemed to pick up and I got really into this book. The plot twists with satisfying regularity and Dresden feels like he's in actual peril throughout.
The new characters and aspects of the universe are all interesting and we learn some more of the main character's backstory, though it remains sufficiently shrouded in mystery to make me want to dive back into the next book (and the ten plus that follow that).